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IVF policy pause - Updated 7 November 2017

At its meeting on Thursday 15 June 2017 our Board took the decision to pause current  document IVF and specialist fertility services (293 KB) with immediate effect.

This decision was taken as part of a six month review of and consultation on IVF and specialised fertility provision that we are undertaking. It by no means pre-determines the outcome of the consultation; it has been put in place to prevent an unsustainable backlog building up during the review period. We are proposing that we reduce the number of funded cycles from two to one. The full details of this proposal are in the last two pages of the folder papers from extra board meeting in public on 15 June 2017 .

Exceptional cases, for example where a woman is at the upper age limit for IVF treatment during the consultation can be considered via an individual funding request (IFR) application.

There will be opportunities for everyone to get involved with the review and to provide input and feedback and we publicise these opportunities widely. The consultation and full information is available online.

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Following the recent decision by Herts Valleys CCG to stop funding for IVF and specialist fertility services, a process has been announced for those patients whose treatment was paused pending the outcome of the consultation (during the time from 16 JUNE TO 12 OCTOBER 2017) to be referred for NHS funded treatment.

Those patients who met eligibility criteria under the Herts Valleys CCG IVF  Policy Fertility treatment and referral criteria for tertiary level assisted conception and who have been fully investigated for infertility, but whose treatment was paused can now be referred to a Specialist Fertility Centre for one cycle of IVF funded by the NHS. They should contact the hospital or clinic where they were previously seen or their GP. Some patients may be contacted directly by the hospital or clinic where they were seen.

GPs contacted by patients who had been fully investigated for infertility, and who met the criteria for an IVF referral during the time of the pause, will re-refer these patients back to the hospital or clinic where they were previously seen.

The hospitals or clinics will arrange to see patients again, confirm eligibility criteria, and after having received permission from the CCG, refer the patient to a Specialist Fertility Service for IVF. The referrals to Specialist Fertility Services will need to be made by 31 January 2018 and the IVF treatment will need to be completed by the end of 2018.

Update - 25 October 2017

Patients who met the criteria for referral to IVF and specialist fertility services during the period from 16 June to 12 October 2017, but who were not referred for treatment because of the ‘pause’ in services for people living in the Herts Valleys area, will be eligible for one cycle of IVF in line with the CCG policy. For a referral for treatment to go ahead, all investigations would need to have been completed and the CCG IVF eligibility criteria met, during the time of the pause. Patients will have access to one cycle of IVF if they would have been referred for IVF during the period outlined above, if it hadn’t been for the pause in services.

We will soon provide further details of the process patients need to follow. Please check back on this website for more information and next steps

Link to eligibility criteria:Fertility treatment and referral criteria for tertiary level assisted conception